Rock School

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Music Practitioners
Code 601/7691/X
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Rock School course is designed for students who wish to develop skills in music performance and learn about the music industry. 

Successful completion of this course will allow you to continue your music studies at university and will help open doors to exciting work experience placements. 

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Many of our students have secured exciting opportunities at recording studios including BBC Radio 1. 

 One of our former students has even gone on to release his own original material on iTunes whilst studying at university. 



A Subsidiary Diploma is the equivalent in size to one A-level.

On average, students will study a total of 6 units over the duration of the course.

What Will You Study:

Year 12 comprises of studying a range of optional units.

During the first month of the course, students will have the opportunity to look at and select (with Tutor support) units that are suitable to their ability and future plans.

The majority of units studied will focus on musical performance. However, there may also be opportunities for pupils to select an optional unit that focuses on a strand of music technology. There are a total of 86 optional units to choose from, so this course offers lots of opportunities.

An idea of optional units that can be selected in Year 12 to study are:

• Auditioning for Music

• Improving Instrumental Performance

• Music Dissertation

• Development of Music Sequencing

• Using a Digital Audio Workstation

• Live Sound Engineering

• Lighting for Music Events

• Composing Music

• Listening to Music

• Understanding Musical Styles

The main focus of Year 13 is completing the core, externally assessed units, that allow students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge learnt during Year 12. The two units complete din Year 13 are:

• Rehearsal Skills & Live Music Performance

• Planning for a Career in Music

With internal assessment within the qualification, learners will be given opportunities to:

• Write up the findings of their own research

• Use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations

• Carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes

• Demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate techniques and processes

How will it be delivered?

The qualification is made up of a number of units, of which 2 are mandatory and assessed externally by RSL. The course comprises of external, internal and synoptic assessments.

Entry requirements

BTEC Level 2 Music – Merit OR equivalent GCSE grade

Should you not meet the entry requirements, or not studied music in Year 10 or 11, you may audition to secure a place on this qualification.  

It is essential that the pupil can play a musical instrument

Your next steps...

After completing this qualification, students can go on to study music or music technology further at University.
Some of our former pupils have gone on to perform in West End, in Les Miserable, have their own radio show on BBC Radio Kent, release their own albums via iTunes, as well as tour the world as part of a support band for Top 40 Artists.
Cornwallis Academy music students have gone on to complete degrees in music and music technology at universities including BIM (Brighton Institute of Music), ACM, Canterbury Christ Church University and Leeds University to name a few.
Cornwallis Academy music students have also gone straight into performance jobs with BBC Radio, Cruise Ships, Warner Holidays and local stage schools.
Job opportunities within Music also include:
Performer, musician, cruise-ship entertainer, radio/broadcasting, studio engineer, music publisher, teacher, choreographer, director to name but a few!